This Way In >>

A Rotating Lineup of TV Top Chefs Rumored to Be Planned for Restaurant Central 214


Even before the sudden resignation of Central 214’s “Naughty Chef” Blythe Beck yesterday, the restaurant’s owners are said to have been rethinking 214’s concept and are thought to have settled on a direction: Instead of Beck, 214 might use a rotating roster of former Top Chef contestants to run the kitchen at Central 214 for several months at at time. But even if another direction is chosen, Palomar planned to change 214’s concept and chefs beginning in March, 2012, so Beck’s sudden departure may have altered the plan.

Negotiations with the company that produces Bravo Network’s Top Chef are rumored to be well underway, says an EscapeHatch friend with knowledge of the situation. “It’ll be sort of an extended 48 Nights,” the pop-up restaurant at Sylvan/30 that featured a different chef at the helm each weekend and operated for a total of 48 nights (plus a final gala).

Calls to Hotel Palomar’s PR spokeswomen went unreturned.

I think this would never work. What kitchen staff wants to answer to a different executive kook every few months? And unless the Kimpton Group, which owns the Palomar, plans to roll out the same concept at several of their hotels, what chef wants to set up shop for only six to nine months at a time.

Do you see this as a viable plan– or a death wish?

Update: After this post went live, I received this email response from Francis Kieffer, Central 214’s General Manager, via their publicist:

“It will certainly be a challenge to fill Chef Blythe Beck’s shoes in our kitchen — especially those famous pink high tops — however, we are preparing for her departure next month and will be undergoing a chef search for her replacement. With that comes the expected opportunity to explore some new options for the restaurant, but concepts are simply concepts at this point. We’ll be sure to keep you and our diners posted on any upcoming news. In the meantime, we encourage folks to come in and enjoy Chef Blythe’s cooking and charm.”

Recently Published

»

Self-serve wines and whiskeys star at new Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge in Trophy Club

A new Trophy Club restaurant has debuted with an interesting twist: ...

»

Smoked, steamed, house-made pastrami and Akaushi burgers lead a craft menu at this new McKinney restaurant

House-made pastrami, Akaushi beef and high-quality Scottish salmon ...

»

Trinity Groves chefs Julian Rodarte and Aubrey Murphy launch Nitro Burger with one of the city’s best $8 burgers ever

Anyone who’s been to Beto & Son in Trinity Groves ...

»

VIPeek: The Finch at Mockingbird Station opens Monday with a veto-proof menu — and one irresistable entree you’ll only find in London and France

Good stuff. The folks at Milkshake Concepts, the locally grown ...

»

Restaurateur and seafood expert Jon Alexis, chef Stan Rodrigues score with new Tex-Mex spot, with two other big-deal concepts slated for 2023

Seafood guy Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market. Malibu Poke) has his ...

»

The best pecan pies you’ve ever tasted come from this restaurant’s pastry kitchen – and now you can take one home for Thanksgiving

The best… Maybe it’s the chill and the falling leaves, ...

»

How many nachos can you really eat? Test your limits at El Chingon’s FREE Nacho Day competition this Sunday

Yeah, we get it. You love nachos. So do we. But you’d never ...

»

West Texas vibes, killer elotes, smoked brisket tacos are winners at this Las Colinas restaurant

Verdict: Muy sabroso Open nearly four years, Las Colinas’ ...

»

2022 State Fair of Texas wraps up its 24-day run with big numbers. Here’s how many pounds of sugar were used to make all that cotton candy

The State Fair of Texas wrapped up its 24-day 2022 run Sunday with ...